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    Students speak out against gender-based violence

    KABUL (PAN): A US embassy official and 50 students from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) discussed the impact of gender-based violence on their communities on Tuesday.

    Fifty students of the university conferred on the issue with Deputy Coordinating Director for Rule of Law Brig. Gen. Dixie Morrow on day four of the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence" -- a global campaign established nearly 20 years ago to combat gender-based violence.

    A statement from the US embassy quoted Morrow as saying: "Gender violence affects women throughout the world, but by wearing the purple ribbon and participating in the '16 Days' campaign you are helping to raise awareness and to pave the way to a future where violence against women has been eradicated."

    Since 2008, USAID has supported AUAF through a $42 million cooperative agreement.  Stanford Law School’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project, a university partnership between AUAF and Stanford, works towards developing a legal curriculum at AUAF.

    Goldman Sachs' "10,000 Women Initiative" provides business and management training to AUAF under-served women entrepreneurs.

    In early November, the Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations announced a $5 million grant to AUAF to fund the construction of the International Center for Afghan Women's Economic Development. 

    The drive began on November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and concludes on December 10, 2011 (Human Rights Day).

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